Birdcage Theatre in Tombstone AZ. Once a frequent stop off for some of the most infamous outlaws and gunslingers of its time, was known to most as a place to wet your whistle and do a little gambling. Though it wasn't nearly as innocent as that sounds. The saloon was better popularized by the violence once held within its walls. 26 deaths reported in the building, most likely the result of gun fights that where said to spark after hours of drinking and dishonest poker games.
Also a jealous women known only as Gold Dollar took the life of a young girl named Margarita. Many say that Gold Dollar was driven by jealous rage that day she stabbed Margarita in the heart. Sealing her fate with a knife that went missing that day only to reappear decades later, just outside of the Birdcage.
Of the many historic artifacts that line the inside of the Theatre, one item stands out. Rumored to be the cause of many spirits that choose to remain behind, The Black Mariah is on display inside the Birdcage. A hurse that has gained its reputation as "Tombstone's Haunted Hurse" the Black Mariah carried all but six of the Tombstone AZ residents to the Boothill Graveyard.
Creatures of the Night Paranormal is preparing for our upcoming overnight event at this legendary location, and we couldn't be more excited! Check back for updates from our stay at this location. It is sure to be an eventful night!
Visiting The Burying Point and Memorial Gardens, and what was originally thought to be the most likely location for Gallows Hill, one gets an immediate sense of the overwhelming sadness for those that tragically lost their lives due to the hysteria of the Salem witch trials in 1692.
Nearly 325 years after 19 people accused of witchcraft were hanged in Massachusetts a group of scholars has finally confirmed the place where they tragically met their fateful end: Proctor’s Ledge.
Visiting historic places is a major interest of ours at Creatures of the Night. Yet it is of greater interest to us when that location has a dark and twisted past. We find ourselves hunting down such significant places like this in order to document them even when we can't fully investigate them.
Emily's Bridge was actually a little detour for us on our way to Lake Champlain, though we just couldn't pass on the opportunity to visit a place so rich with lore and paranormal sightings! When we arrived there were several other people there admiring the covered bridge. To my surprise the other visitors that day where also sharing versions of the tragic event that has made this bridge so famous.
The charming bridge is alluring and beautiful just to see. Though it is apparent that the story of a young girls mysterious demise so many years ago has become the driving factor for many people visiting today.
So we lived through the night, and decided to tell our tale... The next day, after a not so restful evening we where moving slowly through the house in Iowa known mostly for the brutal Axe murders that took place in 1912, and at this time we were gathering our things in order to leave. Between our trips to and from the vehicle, I noticed that Wendy was engaged in a conversation with a local gentleman. He was apparently giving her his version of the historical events that took place on the premises of which we just endured a very uneasy evening...
At which time he decided to let us know that he watched us throughout the evening from his front row seat across the street and had also taken something from inside the house a very long time ago he believes would have been integral in convicting Rev. Kelly... Now I'm not an expert on people, though I felt like this one was taking us for a ride. I am still not exactly sure if he was A. just looking to scare us, B. become a part of our story or C. hear about our encounters in the house first hand. However all three options apply at this time.
Here is the video we made just after we were safe and sound, and back inside the murder house after our unusual conversation with this man... I might add that the only time we felt safe and sound inside this house was at this time, and the time that occurred when we first arrived. Just before the sun set…